It’s all in the GRIP

The hands are the part of the body that interact most directly with a handgun. And how the gun reacts to its own recoil depends on how the shooter grips it.  Glock Competition Parts
Ideally, what we want is a grip technique that causes the gun to point naturally at the target; we shouldn’t have to waste any time searching for and aligning the sights. Also, when the gun fires, we want it to track consistently, i.e. return to the exact same spot with no effort on our part. If we make that happen and learn how to reset the trigger action while the gun is still in recoil (an entirely different topic), we can fire the gun as fast as it comes down out of recoil and still be accurate.

Dave Sevigny has burst onto the practical shooting scene like a supernova. Beyond any doubt the best Glock shooter on the planet, Dave began competing in IDPA and USPSA in 1999. Famous for using Glocks with very little or no modifications, Dave won his first IDPA state championship using his carry Glock 23 and inside-the-waistband holster. Since then he’s won more than 60 world, national, area and state IDPA/USPSA/IPSC championships. He’s the reigning USPSA National Production Champion, IDPA Stock Service Pistol National Champion, IPSC World Production Champion and Pan American Production Champion. He’s currently the anchor of Team Glock.

The most successful practical-pistol shooter in history (and still going strong after 25 years), Rob Leatham is one of the fathers of the straight-thumbs technique.
The straight-thumbs method of gripping a handgun, which today has become the accepted wisdom among serious shooters, was developed in the early 1980s by Rob Leatham and Brian Enos.

As this close-up of Brian Enos’ grip shows, in the straight-thumbs technique the support-hand thumb points straight ahead; the master-hand thumb is laid on top of the heel of the support hand and also points forward.

Dave Sevigny: “Grip the gun as hard as it takes to track up and down with the least amount of muzzle rise. If your grip is too relaxed, the pistol will recoil too much, track erratically, or it may shut down (failure to feed/eject, etc.). Gripping too hard, by contrast, may negatively affect sight alignment, induce trigger freeze (failure to let the trigger return forward far enough between shots to reset) for multiple-shot engagements and create fatigue in your hands and forearms. The pistol type and caliber will dictate how much actual grip pressure is needed.”
Try gripping 60 to 70% with the support hand, 30 to 40% the trigger hand.

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